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Progressive Club to host monthly meeting

By Staff | Jan 10, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Robert Schaeffer

The Progressive Club of the Islands will hold its monthly meeting on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Founder’s Room at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

The guest speaker is national political consultant Robert Schaeffer. He will discuss “Opportunity 2020: How You Can Help Progressives Win Big.” Drawing on survey data and other statistical indicators, as well as humorous anecdotes from his own extensive campaign experience, Schaeffer will examine a range of races, from the presidency to control of Congress, as well as statewide Florida ballot questions and Southwest Florida contests. At each level, the focus will be on where – and how – grassroots activists can have greatest impact.

Since moving to Sanibel in l999, Schaeffer has organized the Florida civic engagement table, which coordinates nonpartisan voter registration and get-out-the-vote activities; staffed the Florida environmental funders collaborative, and played a leadership role for several ballot questions and local races. He is currently president of FairDistrict Now, a statewide redistricting reform organization, and treasurer of the Progress Florida Education Institute, which runs issue-oriented messaging campaigns. Schaeffer also is a strategic communications consultant for social change organizations and campaigns in Boston, Washington, D.C., and Colorado, as well as in Florida.

Previously, he worked for several political groups in New England; was research director for the Massachusetts Legislature’s Human Service Committee; hosted a talk show on the NPR affiliate in Boston; wrote editorials for WBZTV, and attended MIT as both an undergraduate and graduate student. Over the past four decades, Schaeffer has led over 300 workshops on political campaign management, media relations, public speaking, strategic planning and advocacy skills. He is co-author of “Winning Local and State Elections:The Guide to Organizing Your Campaign.”

The meeting is free and open to the public.

To join the club, member dues of $30 per person or $60 per couple are payable to the PCI. Bring a check to the meeting or mail it to PCI, P.O. Box 898, Sanibel, FL, 33957.

For more information, contact 239-994-3175 or pcisancap@gmail.com.